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Psalm 23 – Part 2

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Psalm 23, Part 2
a Psalm of David

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod
and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”
Psalm 23:1-6, ESV

In Part 1 of our study of Psalm 23, we learned more about the heart of a shepherd in lovingly caring for his sheep. We saw David’s revelation of the Lord as his personal shepherd, always leading him, providing for him, delivering him, and restoring, refreshing him.

Charles Spurgeon makes an interesting point in his Exposition of Psalm 23:  The Psalmist does not say, The Lord is the shepherd of the world at large and leads forth the multitude as his flock, but the Lord is MY shepherd; He is a shepherd to me; He cares for me, watches over me, and preserves me. The words are in the present tense.” So even now, today, the Lord is your Shepherd.

With that picture in mind you can begin to understand more of God’s faithfulness in your life, and how good He is. And it’s all because God loves you, right where you are today.

Knowing that you are loved by God, that He accepts you and approves of you enables you to trust Him. You can say with assurance ‘when the Lord is MY shepherd he is well able to supply my needs’. God’s heart is full of love and He IS willing to meet all your needs; therefore, you can declare with certainty of faith ‘I shall not want’. Others may be in want. You will not lack because God’s promises to supply all your needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

That’s the promise of God that allows you to rest as a believer. It’s not because of anything you’ve done or can do, but because of what Jesus provided for you through His finished work on the Cross. In fact, it is not as a ‘doer’ that you receive rest, but as a believer.

The Psalmist believed God, and he lived in confident expectation of God’s goodness and provision in his life. He rested in God’s faithfulness and His continual provision. Let his testimony in Psalm 23 encourage you and build your faith to believe God for what you need.

We’ll look at some verses in Ephesians in our next study and find out how they tie into Psalm 23:1. Let your faith grow as you feed more and more on God’s Word, and rest in His grace.